Don’t you just love being inspired? Especially by people who have made a living out of living where they love.
Some of Ireland’s best and brightest business people and creative entrepreneurs are inspired daily by the sea and surfing culture.
And several of them will be sharing their stories and their uplifting views of living in the West of Ireland at SeaFest, Ireland’s national maritime festival, which takes place in Galway Harbour and Docks next weekend (June 30 – July 2).
LookWest.ie, an initiative of the Western Development Commission (WDC) has selected a number of refreshing creative entrepreneurs to speak at their dedicated LookWest.ie Marquee.
They include the Mayo family behind Achill Sea Salt, Sligo designers Martina Hamilton and Ashleigh Smith, Donegal-based surfer, blogger and cookbook writer Finn Ni Fhaolain and Clare’s Oonagh Herbert, founder of the quirky Secret Life of Plastic.
Having made the move to the West ourselves three years ago, we were delighted to work with the WDC on this project to unveil the stories behind the speakers. Here’s a little taster of what they said:
“The sea is the biggest draw for me visually. When the tide goes out and leaves an imprint in the sand, that can find its way into a collection of jewellery. The love of the sea is in my bones and I’m lucky that I can express that creatively. I love living here, it’s all I know.” Jewellery designer Martina Hamilton (Sligo)
“I never thought I’d emigrate to the West of Ireland or even live in a rural area. But within six months, I relocated my family from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town to sleepy Bundoran. I’d never want to go back, nor can I think of a different place I’d rather have gone. I am able to rest easy knowing my children are growing up in a slice of Atlantic paradise with a world of opportunity.” Photographer Ian Mitchinson (Donegal)
“I thought I would probably end up working in Dublin or Galway but it is great to be able to work and build a business in Achill, right on the beach. I grew up by the sea so it is amazing to be able to make our business out of the sea.” Maebh O’Malley, Achill Island Sea Salt (Mayo)